USS Lassen (left) during a joint Republic of Korea-United States military exercise. U.S. Navy Photo by John J. Mike (CC BY)

Dangerous "Assertions" of the Freedom of Navigation

October 28, 2015

The United States' sailing of a Navy warship within 12 miles of the Chinese-built island of Subi Reef militarizes the growing conflict over which state (or states) has sovereignty rights over disputed islands in the South China Sea. Moreover, this military exercise is more aggressive than previous ones in which the United States "asserted" its self-appointed role as the world's "cop" who is charged with enforcing the freedom of navigation

Sunset yoga, CC: Ursula Le Guin

Beware of Wrong Mindfulness

October 23, 2015

At first I was skeptical. A close friend, a rather sensible fellow, told me in no uncertain terms (not his usual style) that I should become "mindful". When I humbly asked what this means, he told me "to be in the moment", to "suspend judgment", and to "run off the inner observer". It reminded me of my days at Berkeley just when the hippies came out of the woodwork. 

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

US-China Relations: Giving Voice to Doves in a Hawkish Environment

October 02, 2015

 As someone who was involved in combat for two and a half years, I much prefer that people, even enemies, talk to each other rather than shoot each other.